Are you interested in pollinator and biodiversity conservation and how individuals and organizations across the state can collaborate to safeguard Colorado’s ecosystems for current and future generations?

Join the 6th Annual Colorado Pollinator Virtual Summit on Nov. 4, 2021 to learn how you can get involved and make a difference. Whether you’re a native plant enthusiast and home gardener, researcher, land manager, policy wonk, member of a conservation organization, work for a local, state or federal government agency, or you’re just wanting to learn more about pollinators, you’ll find information, inspiration and opportunities for networking and collaboration to protect Colorado’s pollinators and their habitat.

Highlights of the Summit include a keynote address by Dr. Olivia Messinger Carril, a native bee researcher and author who will share what she’s learned from 25 years of fascinating field studies to evaluate which bee species are most imperiled, and the extent of their decline.

There’s very little known about the distribution of wild bee species and that information is important for conversation efforts. Researchers from Oregon State University and the University Minnesota will share how they are collaborating with local communities and volunteers to map the bee species in their states as examples of how Colorado can develop a program to gather more information about our 950 native bee species.

Learn how the coordination between local, state and federal policymakers can provide the resources and guidance to protect Colorado’s biodiversity with Congressman Joe Neguse, State Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and State Representative Monica Duran.

The day culminates in a discussion with community members and staff from four Colorado cities that will show how they are working together to build trusting relationships, create thriving programs and engage residents, visitors, students, gardeners and staff in pollinator conservation. 

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $15 for students. Register and learn more on the Colorado Pollinator Network website. The registration deadline is 12:00 p.m. on Nov. 2.

The Colorado Pollinator Summit is hosted by the Butterfly Pavilion, Boulder County/Colorado State University Extension, City of Boulder, Denver Audubon, Denver Botanic Gardens, People and Pollinators Action Network, and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.